Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Chess Icon Josh Waitzkin on The Art of Learning

Lawrence Fishburne in Searching for Bobby Fischer

In 1993, a film featuring Joe Mantegna, Joan Allen and Lawrence Fishburne called Searching for Bobby Fischer dropped and brought the story of a young chess genius named Josh Waitzkin. Josh Waitzkin is arguably the biggest American chess icon since the reclusive Bobby Fischer disappeared into the fog.

However, after the movie came out, a young Josh Waitzkin was turned off from the chess community. His life journey took him to Slovenia , Brazil and other lands in search of his true self. After becoming a two time world champion in Tai Chi he authored a book called The Art of Learning.

I highly recommend The Art of Learning to everyone on the planet. If you are a young person over the age of 13- you need this book. If you are a parent who is dedicated to the authentic enlightenment of your child- you need this book!

It has changed the way I approach my children in regards to learning, loving and pursuing self perfection. I caught up with Mr. Waitzkin recently and our conversation is below.

AB: You new book The Art of Learning is insightful beyond words. It covers your journey through chess and into martial arts. Who did you write this book for?

JW: Thank you, man. I wrote this book to be true--I can't say I had a specific audience in mind other than thoughtful human beings. It's been an interesting road. Some fantastic highs, some brutal lows, countless lessons along the way. I have fallen into quite a few pitfalls over the years and hopefully the book will help others avoid them. I believe I've also figured out some creative ways to unchain the learning process. It was my ambition to tell a raw, honest story and to create a framework, a solid foundation from which people can launch into the pursuit of Quality in a highly personalized manner. This is not a book for people looking for a cookie cutter mold. I don't believe in easy answers to complex questions. We all have our unique paths. This book is the story of mine. I hope it has broad application.

The Real Josh Waitzkin refining body and mind

AB: You have a fantastic way of describing your emotions and you are a great story teller. A lot of chess books can be boring. Yours reads like a action movie. How did you develop that gift?

JW: That's a great compliment--means a lot to me. Well, my father is a wonderful writer and he's been teaching me his art since I was a young boy. He always taught me to dig into the heart of the story. To speak from the essence, the core. And never to write about what I don't know deeply. I made the decision early that if I was going to write this book it would come from the heart. The years that inspired TAOL were the first few years of my martial arts training, when I was experiencing the translation of all my chess knowledge into a physical discipline. Everything was about hidden connections that emerged when you plunged deep into the moment. I tried to write the book in that manner. I tried to dig deep.

AB: Many people still dream of you coming back to chess, getting your Grandmaster status and taking out the planet? Is there any chance that'll ever happen?

JW: Probably not. I'm on another track right now and am very excited about it. But you never know.

AB: I know your main focus is Brazilian Jiu Jitsu now. You just got back from watching the World Championships in Los Angeles . What were some of the things you learned while watching the best of the best on the mat?

JW: It was a beautiful thing-- probably the most exciting sporting event I have ever watched. The art has evolved to such a wildly high level.

For more information on The Art of Learning visit, joshwaitzkin.com

Sunday, August 26, 2007

A real warrior on the boards feels it in their blood

Their infasctructure caved in, amazin'/ I aint have to read the Art of War to slay men - Nazareth Savage, Nas
The passion to refine yourself through combat sits in the primal core of every individual...Hip-Hop, chess and martial arts help us refine that spirit.

Saturday, August 25, 2007

Adisa Banjoko of HHCF on the DMX Dog Raid

WOW, its been a wild week in the media for Hip-Hop. DMX recently had his Arizona home raided and allegedly many dead and abused dogs were found. I was interviewed by Manny Ramos of KPIX about it. Check it out:


Friday, August 24, 2007

HHCF Story in XXL

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We gotta story in here thats hot...Not quite as big as the story on the guy on the cover though- LOL. Just give us time...I heard 50 plays chess. Anybody know if thats true?

Thursday, August 23, 2007

HHCF Announces 1st Annual Chess Kings Invitational!!!

The Hip-Hop Chess Federation and the Makers of the Chessmaster Video Game Announce the 1st Annual Chess Kings Invitational

Wu-Tang Clan, Ralek Gracie and DJ QBert Gather for All-Star Chess Tournament

San Francisco – August 23, 2007 – The Hip-Hop Chess Federation (HHCF), an organization that uses music, chess and martial arts to promote unity, strategy and non-violence, and Ubisoft, one of the world’s largest video game publishers are proud to announce the 1st Annual Chess Kings Invitational to be held at the prestigious San Francisco Design Center on Saturday, October 13th from 1pm to 5pm.

The 1st Annual Chess Kings Invitational will kick off with HHCF’s Life Strategies All-Star Panel. The Life Strategies panel will feature multi-platinum rappers RZA and GZA from the Wu-Tang Clan, chess icon Josh Waitzkin, turntable wizards DJ QBert and DJ Disk and other surprise guests in a discussion about how music, chess and martial arts have guided them in their paths to success.

“We are excited to be a part of the 1st Annual Chess Kings Invitational,” said Tony Key, vice president of marketing at Ubisoft. “The HHCF has used the connection between hip-hop and chess to make the game not only accessible, but cool to a new whole audience. The Chessmaster series of video games does the same thing; inviting people of all ages and skill levels to engage in the timeless art of chess. It was a natural connection for us to become partners in bringing this great event to the community.”

The Invitational includes an all-star chess tournament that will pit some of America’s top rappers, DJs, martial artists and others in a head-to-head battle of the brains in which the winner will walk away with the HHCF Chessmaster championship belt. Competitors include RZA, award-winning MMA fighter Ralek Gracie, Casual of the Hieroglyphics, Sunspot Jonz of the Living Legends and other special guests. Rakaa of Dilated Peoples will host the event.

“We are amazed by how well we have been received since our first event earlier this year,” says HHCF co-founder Adisa Banjoko. “By celebrities donating their time, it really sends a message that they care about the state of our communities. Their presence will greatly assist us in raising money to provide scholarships to local schools.”

The HHCF has also invited four youth teams to participate in the Invitational’s Scholarship Tournament. Players will compete for a chance to win a variety of educational scholarships, among other prizes.

Guests will enjoy multiple events throughout the day, including open chess gaming, Kung Fu films and information sessions regarding educational opportunities. Other events will include an auction featuring items donated by various celebrities, chess-inspired graffiti art created by legendary graf writers and a few more surprises. All proceeds collected from the auction will directly benefit schools in local underserved communities.

“We are proud to host an event that showcases an authentic, intelligent trend in Hip-Hop,” states co-founder Leo Libiran. “Hip-Hop has always been about more than bullets and bling and the fact that so many fantastic rappers, chessmasters, martial artists and graf writers have donated their time to the children is proof of this in itself.”

About the Chessmaster Video Game
Chessmaster®: The Art of Learning for the Nintendo DS™ system and Chessmaster®: Grandmaster Edition for Windows® PC will be released in October/November 2007. In both games, Josh Waitzkin, International Master and eight-time National Chess Champion, coaches players to grasp the basic fundamentals of chess and to master the game through exciting courses and tutorials.

About HHCF
The Hip-Hop Chess Federation, founded by award-winning lecturer and author, Adisa Banjoko and Leo "Blast" Libiran, uses music, chess and martial arts to promote unity, strategy and nonviolence. The organization focuses on giving urban youth effective life strategies to scholastic and financial success. Programs include chess tournaments, scholarship programs, mentorship, lectures and more. For more information, visit: www.hiphopchessfederation.org.

About Ubisoft
Ubisoft is a leading producer, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment products worldwide and has grown considerably through a strong and diversified line-up of products and partnerships. Ubisoft has offices in 21 countries and sales in more than 50 countries around the globe. It is committed to delivering high-quality, cutting-edge video game titles to consumers. Ubisoft generated sales of 680 million Euros for the 2006-07 fiscal year. To learn more, please visit www.ubisoftgroup.com.

© 2007 Ubisoft Entertainment. All Rights Reserved. Chessmaster, Ubisoft, Ubi.com, and the Ubisoft logo are trademarks of Ubisoft Entertainment in the U.S. and/or other countries. Portions of Chessmaster Academy instructional content, including those based on The Art of Learning, © 2007 Josh Waitzkin LLC. TM, ® and Nintendo DS are trademarks of Nintendo. © 2004 Nintendo.

For sponsorship and media inquiries, contact Me’ko Gaborski 310.272.3894.

The San Francisco Design Center is located at 2 Henry Adams Street.

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

C-Rayz Wallz on Kung-fu and losing loved ones

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Shaolin monk Shi Yan Ming will put the pain on you

This just came from Allhiphop.com:

C-Rayz: I lost all my cousins man; I went to high school with them, I played basketball with them and I studied Kung-Fu with them. My cousin Trion was murdered on the corner of James Monroe High School. A kid just toasted him. My cousin did Wolf Ox. Wolf Ox is this form of Kung-Fu that only dudes from Bronx River Houses know. So the kid was like, “No, I’m not fighting you. I know about the Wolf Ox s**t. I’m not going to fight you.” So then “Pow!” He pulled one in his chest. So it’s like, after that, the kids that I stepped up with, kids that I got locked up with….Everybody died. It’s pitiful. Everybody.


If you know about the Wolf Ox style in the South Bronx, please email me about it at abanjoko@gmail.com . How did this style come up? Who began to pass it on? How does it work?

Monday, August 20, 2007

"I Love to Play Chess." - Jay-Z

Image taken from hp television commercial.

When I was about 10 years old, I saw my first Kung-Fu film...

This scene will stay etched into my brain forever (unless I go bonkers or something).

Later that day I sawed a broomstick in half (using my dad's vice in the garage to hold it in place) and used a piece of chain to link them together with screws. The gangsters of the world would never be safe again...If only I could stop hitting myself in the face with these friggin' broomsticks!

But on the real, I had never seen anything like that before. I had never seen a man move like that. He changed my life. His name was Bruce Lee. The movie was Retrun of the Dragon. Chalk another one up for The Bay!

Sunday, August 19, 2007

Don't be Afraid to Look into the Future...

"Think of chess, where the Grandmaster, instread of focusing only on the move at hand and making it soley in reaction to what the other player has just done, must visiaulize the entire chessboard deep into the future, crafting an overall strategy, using the moves of the paws now to set up theose of the more powerful pieces later on...You can tell when to sacrifice a pawn, even lose a battle, if it serves your eventual purpose...Your eyes are focused on the campaign and nothing else. The greatest danger you face in strategy is losing the initiative and finding yourself constantly reacting to what the other side does...The key is to maintain control of your emoitons and plot your moves in advance, seeing the entire chessboard." The 33 Strategies of War, Robert Greene

Another great video by Jerry at the Chess Network!

Ideas like this created the basis for Jeet Kune Do and modern MMA

You gotta love the fighting philosophy in these films...

Friday, August 17, 2007

I was 13 when this came out. This was hardcore Hip-Hop!

I was young when this came out...I guess nobody listened then...Look around now.

We need to make the peace real. You know the deal.

Intelligence is really atttractive...Get some.

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Nobody likes stupid people. Lets be honest. Intelligence is always attractive. I know the world can be a material place...People many times judge you by your shoes, jacket, shirt etc. But an intelligent person dressed shabbily can make a much bigger impact in a room than a dumb person in their Sunday best. Don't forget that.

Get knowledge and the rest will come.

Take just a moment, to remember loved ones

Monday, August 13, 2007

Sometimes, you just need to shut up, sit down and listen!

This is one of those moments...

Chess gives you the Blueprint...ask Jay-Z

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The First "Hip-Hop, Chess & Life Strategies" Exhibition
Photo: Shaminder Dulai

Poppa raised me to chess moves /
And though you're gone I'm not bitter you left me prepared /
We got divided by the years, but I got it from here /
Don't sweat that, sounds bump from Marcy to Lefrak /
To that pocket in DC where my man caught his death at /
Over my years I've seen Rooks get tooken by the Knight /
Lose they Crown by tryna defend a Queen /
Checkmate, in 4 moves the Bobby Fischer of rap /

-This Life Forever, Jay-Z

The Wisdom from Wu-Tang Mountain

Eric Arnold rocks it with the pen again, check here.

Rappers play chess? Yes!

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D'Labrie (center) watches brothers in Seattle do battle

“We must make sure that Chess will not be like a dead language, very interesting, but for a very small group”- Sytze Faber

LISTEN: Hear D'Labries "Life Strategies" track here.

Friday, August 10, 2007

Don't Call it a Comeback: They Been Here For Years!!! And it don't stop!!!

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Learn and Master the World's Most Popular Board Game on the Nintendo DS and Windows PC

SAN FRANCISCO – August 10, 2007 - Today Ubisoft, one of the world's largest video game publishers, announced that it will publish Chessmaster®: The Art of Learning for the Nintendo DS™ system and Chessmaster®: Grandmaster Edition for Windows® PC. In both games, Josh Waitzkin, International Master and eight-time National Chess Champion, coaches players to grasp the basic fundamentals of chess and to master the game through exciting courses and tutorials taken directly from his groundbreaking book, The Art of Learning (Free Press). Players can then practice their newly learned skills in single-player mode or challenge their friends to a fun-spirited competition in multiplayer mode via LAN or Internet.

"Chess is played by millions of people worldwide and with the expansion of the Chessmaster series onto the Nintendo DS, players can take the game with them wherever they go," said Tony Key, vice president of marketing at Ubisoft. "Chessmaster is an exciting and simple learning experience for novices and competitive players, the perfect recreational game to play on the Nintendo DS and PC."

Key features:

Learn from champion Josh Waitzkin: Using the principles outlined in his book The Art of Learning, Josh puts players in his shoes during some of the most riveting moments of his career. He then walks players through the classics, introducing beginners to the fundamentals of the game and providing revealing commentary about the road to mastery.

Multiplayer wireless: Two players can battle each other using the wireless option on the DS. A variety of exciting multiplayer games are available, including: Dark Chess, in which the opponent's pieces are invisible; Extinction Chess, where the winner is the first player to capture all of the opponent's pieces; and Losing Chess, a game that rewards the first player to lose all of his/her pieces!

Six original mini-games: Each mini-game is packed with its own music, sound effects, a high-score record and 20 levels of gameplay. Players can look forward to: Minefield, in which chess pieces are used to locate mines hidden in the board; Breaking the Lines, where the knight is moved to capture all of the pawns; and Fork My Fruit, a game that uses chess pieces to fork fruit of the same kind, among others.

* Famous games: Players have access to 900 of the most important chess games, which are analyzed to provide key tactics

* Checkmate: With an arsenal of 600,000 games, players will never run out of fun!

* Chessmaster: The Art of Learning and Grandmaster Edition are scheduled for worldwide releases in October 2007.

About Ubisoft

Ubisoft is a leading producer, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment products worldwide and has grown considerably through a strong and diversified line-up of products and partnerships. Ubisoft has offices in 21 countries and sales in more than 50 countries around the globe. It is committed to delivering high-quality, cutting-edge video game titles to consumers. Ubisoft generated sales of 680 million Euros for the 2006-07 fiscal year. To learn more, please visit www.ubisoftgroup.com.

Thursday, August 9, 2007

Lyrical Swords, Volume 2: Westside Rebellion

Here is the first book to break down the connection between Hip-Hop, chess and martial arts. Its been outta print for a minute, but, for the Oct. 13th joint we will have them again. Interivews with RZA, GZA, Maurice Ashley, Mike Relm, Paris, Casual and many others on chess and Hip-Hop.

T-K.A.S.H. is the one on the track.

Never forget: www.lyricalswords.com

Wednesday, August 8, 2007

HHCF Announces Oct. 13th 2007 8 Man Tournament in SF!!

Oct. 13th 2007 The Hip-Hop Chess Federation will gather a collection of 8 rappers and MMA fighters in San Francisco, to go head-to-head for a heavyweight belt!! You heard it here first!!! For sponsorship and more info hit: gaborski@shinkenpublicrelations.com....Do it now...

Swords Clash in the Chess House...

Easily one of the most metaphoric and beautiful fight scenes in the history of cinema. This is from the movie, Hero.

The Art of War, in nature (You must watch all of this one!)

This was shared with us by our good friend Mikael...This clip is amazing! Make sure that all of your kids see this clip. The power of family, and the conviction to NOT be a victim - is awesome.

Hip-Hop in the Heat of Battle!

Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Emory Tate (right) vs. Nakamura (left)

Emory Tate is a dude with a ferocious game...

Nobody who plays the game seriously ever feels safe...

Monday, August 6, 2007

I think this was the First Rap Track with a Kung-Fu Movie Theme...

His name is Jeru the Damaja.

Afu-Ra, the name means "Body of the Life Force"..Pure heat, yo.

Umm, we can start here:

Now watch him turn it up a notch...

Maurice Ashley does Commentary for a fantastic Kasparov/Anand Battle (Gotta watch!)

I got these matches from: www.thechessdrum.net/blog

Daiim Shabazz posts some of the hottest chess clips on the net. You gotta see it not just for the sake of the match itself (which is amazing) but it hear GM Maurice Ashley. Maurice Ashley makes the spectator feel like a part of the game. No one else does that in chess commentaries. GM Maurice Ashley really takes the excitement of chess to another level.

Pt. II of this match!!

If you are not up on who Maurice Ashey is, and what a beautiful resource he is to the chess commnuinty and urban youth- check this out:

Be sure to support Daaim Shabazz and the Chess Drum Blog!

Sunday, August 5, 2007

Chesspark Podcast - must see Online TV!


Check out our homey, Brian Zisk from Chesspark.com repping the rawness and beauty of their online chess community:

Another cool link on Chesspark (HHCF gets mentioned!):


Chesspark was one of the first sponsors of HHCF events and they have a raw online chess community. Sign up with them now at www.chesspark.com (its free!)

Saturday, August 4, 2007

It's Time to Call it a Knight.

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Marcell Duchamp, White Knight from Buenos Aries Chess Set made in 1919

"Everything in war is very simple, but the simplest thing is difficult." - On War, Clausewitz

Even in the midst of confusion, move forward with conviction

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Photo: Rein Nomm

"If attempts to understand the nature and course of war are unreliable, it is still better to try than do do nothing at all. Second, uncertainty, chance, luck, and friction equally affect all parties to a conflict, so the side which can, by hard thinking and careful calculations, perform even marginally better will gain a considerable advantage." Masters of War, Michael I. Handel

Waging War on the 64

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"If there are serious defects or mistakes in taking the solution as a whole and its various stages into account, the war is sure to be lost 'One careless move loses the whole game' refers to a move afflicting the situation as a whole, a move decisive for the whole situation and not to a move move of a partial nature, a move which is not decisive for the whole situation. As in chess so in war. But the situation as a whole cannot be detatched from its parts and become independednt of them, for it is made up of all its parts" Selected Military Writings Mao Tse-Tung

Thursday, August 2, 2007

Way Outside or Way Inside...Where do you want to go?

The Amazing, incomparable Masahiko Kimura. This guy is the Michael Jordan of Judo. Here, he writes about his dedication to self perfection through practice:

"I practiced about 6 hours a day. I thought practicing twice as much as others would be sufficient since I had heard that others were practicing about 3 hours a day. In reality, however, they had been practicing about 4 hours a day (which I found later). But now I am the champion, others would start to train 6 hours a day to beat me. I could not beat them as long as I trained as hard as others. If my opponents train twice as hard as others, then, I will train 3 times as hard as others, i.e, 9 hours a day. This way, I would gain extra 3 hours a day, and I will do this everyday. The accumulation of these extra hours will become my flesh and blood, that is, my skills and mental power. This will automatically give me real self confidence. If I had this much accumulation, I would be able to fight as usual even if I got sick with fever at 40 degrees centigrade. I practiced "Triple Effort" everyday." - From the book, My Judo.

Hip-Hop, Chess, Martial Arts and the Nonviolent Path...

My nationality's reality/
And you a prejudiced man is of a devil mentality
- Kool G. Rap, "Erase The Racism"

Many people do not understand how the HHCF sees the blending of Hip-Hop, chess and martial arts as tools to promote a modern nonviolent philosophy. This is a subject that will be approached again and again at the HHCF blog.

Rap music is a lyrical expression of the soul (as are DJing, Breaking & Graff). Rap, is the music of choice for billions of people around the planet. Best of all, it is music driven by youth culture. Many beautiful, spiritual things. At the same time though, it reflects many of the darker corners of the mind and soul. The heavy disrespect of women, the cursing, the open celebrations of violence are not natural to the origin of rap. But then again, urban streets were not as deadly as they are today.

What many people fail to see though is that no matter how unsettling a violent lyric might be - the song is still an expression of nonviolence. 50 Cent writes a lot of songs about killing other rappers. Nas talked about getting Jay-Z "clapped up" on Ether. But the truth of the matter is that instead of writing - these men could have chosen to actualize the anger in the hearts. They could have went and shot someone. But they chose to write! That is nonviolence in action. Even at its most shocking, it still is a nonviolent expression.

B-boy'ing, popping, locking and other forms of urban dance are also by their nature nonviolent. Graff (which is different from random tagging and vandalism) is a beautiful expression of the soul. I was once asked by a reporter if I though it was wrong and illegal for people to write graffiti on public walls. I agreed it was. I said right after "What I think is a greater crime though, is to deprive children of artistic outlets in American schools for decades and then criminalize their natural response to that artistic suppression."

I don't know Picasso...I know Bicasso. I don't know DaVinci- I know Dug One and Spie. I know King Dream, Hex, Seen, and Scape...I know Blast One and Kase 2. Those are my artistic heroes. Their art speaks to my soul. Hip-Hop is nonviolent at its core. It is a nonviolent response to suppresed artistic expression by the mainstream. Hip-Hop is beautiful and I will always love it, even when I don't agree with it.

Chess is life.
- Bobby Fischer

Chess is a wonderful game. Virtually every culture on earth has been touched by chess. Through one game, so many have been mutually enlightened. Daaim Shabazz of The Chess Drum taught me that "Chess is a mental martial art."

He's so right. Minds clash every day...At work, at school, on the playground, on the bus...We are surrounded by conflict. Chess is a game that teaches us how to use our mind to avoid conflict in life.

A few decades back, the world seemed a bit more religious than it is today. The cultural traditions were passed on...The youth of today do not get ideas of patience, thinking through obstacle and self control from the church. They don't get it at the synagogue. They don't get it at the masjid. Simply put, they don't get it.

Since many of the virtues of these faiths are reflected in chess - why not use the Royal Game to give them a common place to find and utilize those tools? Where can they learn the power of having faith? How can they learn to look for a good position in the middle of a bad one?

Where but on the chessboard can they make a habit of defending their mind? Where but on the boards can they consistently blend logic and art? Where but here on the chessbaord can they express anger, joy and heal emotional pain? Let's share this game with the children, so they can see how many options there really are in life. Beyond that, let's use the game to help them actualize those options.

"Martial arts, in my mind, is totally different than just fighting. The Chinese characters for martial arts actually mean to stop war. Stop the war or stop the fighting. A few thousand years ago, they started martial arts to stop war. But later on, we [took] out the art; we only fight, fight, fight." - Jet Li, Wave Magazine

Martial arts, like Hip-Hop is often misunderstood. Most people, especially in America think that teaching young people martial arts, teaches them that hitting is good and proper. In fact, it teaches the opposite.

If anyone would take time to read the Tao of Jeet Kune Do, The Art of Peace or the works of Jigoro Kano, Mifune or Kimura - you'd see they were all peace loving men. All of the best fighters I know - never get in trivial street fights or use it to harm people. Bullies are always the untrained guys with no discipline.

I read a study not too long ago that said that bullies, when put into martial arts classes - quit! This is because they care about power and domination. That power is taken from them in a structured house of self-defense.

Stopping violence is something we all pray for. The tool of training children in martial arts is one we dont use enough to stop violence.

A girl who judo slams and armlocks an attacker - her actions cannot be seen as unlady-like, or negative. She cannot be compared to her attacker! Predators cannot be equated with those that refuse to be prey! She did the stopping of war that Jet Li spoke of earlier.

I knew a guy who was vacationing in France and saw his father get caught slipping by a pickpocket. He ran the guy down and used Brazilian
Jiu Jitsu to pin the guy and get his dad's wallet back. When the cops got to them, they grabbed my friend first!

They thought because my friend had the guy pinned down and in a shoulder lock, that he was the bad guy. Once the commotion was over, they were astonished at how without throwing a punch, and without breaking the guys arm, a crook was subduded. That, is the beauty of the physical martial art and its philosophy being applied in real time. See you soon. Thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, August 1, 2007

Women who can defend themselves mentally and physically- thats attractive!

Susan Polgar, what a champion!

Gina Carano's momma said to knock you out!

Kyra Gracie, so fluid on the mat!

Jana Krivec, will serve you on the boards!

When Thugs Cry: An Unknown Tupac Story

Recently the internet started buzzing because of a cool conversation between legendary rapper Talib Kweli and Public Enemy front man Chu...